I finally made it to the 5¢ Diner. It's been highly touted by many and being in Downtown Los Angeles, it just isn't located in an area that I frequent. It used to be that nothing was out of the way for me, but now with the price of gas I choose my destinations carefully.
Anyway, I had to take a friend, Karen to the eye doctor that was very close to Downtown.
We usually (read always) go to Phillipe's when in that area, but I remembered 5¢ Diner.
The first thing that amazed me was that I didn't have to find a parking lot. There were meters on the street and there were a few that were available. Amazing! We parked right in front.
After looking at the menu which seemed meager to me I chose the Low-rider Burger.
There were other burgers, sandwiches and breakfasts on the two-sided piece of paper, menu.
(Tip to those that print out menus on copy paper...
If they're dirty and wrinkled, print off a few new ones. Do not hand them to patrons)
Oh, I was almost fooled by the Smac 'n Cheese until I saw... tomatoes. Don't mess with my macaroni and cheese.
The Low-rider was a beef patty topped with a whole, seeded Hatch Chile, Pepper Jack Cheese, pickled onions, tomato and a Dijon Mustard sauce.
I gave the tomato slice to Karen who added it to her huge Patty Melt.
The burger was really a thing of beauty but I found it was lacking in flavor. I couldn't taste the chile, cheese or onions. Maybe it was just me because one of those flavors should have stood out if not all of them.
I also ordered a Mint Lemonade, made by them that I loved.
I also ordered something to go; two of what first made the 5¢ Diner newsworthy. They sell maple bacon doughnuts. I should have ordered one. I forgot to take a picture.
To describe it best, it was kind of like a glazed doughnut topped with bacon pieces. I didn't taste the maple flavor at all. Had it been a good glazed doughnut I would have liked it. The problem was they started with a doughnut (are you sitting?)... that I didn't like.
I've been whining about wanting to go there for a couple of years. There wasn't anything else on the menu that will take me back there.